Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

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50.

March 13, 2007
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

47.

October 23, 2007
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

45.

September 10, 2007
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

44.

September 18, 2007
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

43.

April 7, 2007
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

On their first album in almost six years, Kranky's drone stars explore the difference between music and sound, turning in an effort that's much more minimal and muted than 2001's outstanding The Tired Sounds of...

42.

Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab
December 4, 2007
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

40.

October 9, 2007
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

38.

December 11, 2007
Critic Score
67
17 reviews

37.

Grizzly Bear - Friend
November 5, 2007
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

36.

September 25, 2007
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

35.

September 11, 2007
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

32.

October 30, 2007
Critic Score
66
6 reviews

31.

January 23, 2007
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

30.

August 21, 2007
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

29.

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.

27.

March 6, 2007
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

On Neon Bible, the band looks outward instead of inward, their concerns more worldly than familial, and their sound more malevolent than cathartic.

26.

Various Artists - After Dark
October 16, 2007
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

23.

Studio - Yearbook 1
August 20, 2007
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

20.

August 28, 2007
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

19.

May 1, 2007
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

18.

September 11, 2007
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

Though it doesn't quite match College Dropout or Late Registration in pleasure-center overload, Kanye West's third album is both his most consistent and most enterprising yet, indicating that he might actually deserve the legendary status he constantly ascribes to himself.

17.

May 22, 2007
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Like those on their last album, these songs reveal themselves gradually but surely, building to the inevitable moment when they hit you in the gut.

16.

January 1, 2007
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

15.

July 10, 2007
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

14.

January 29, 2007
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

13.

November 6, 2007
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

12.

June 11, 2007
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

10.

November 6, 2007
Critic Score
94
15 reviews

Untrue is an album meant to be heard at home, in the car, on headphones-- his songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener.

9.

April 3, 2007
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

It's a bare bones compositional gambit that could wind up utterly irritating, but with the ears of a hip-hop cratedigger and the hands of a surgeon is bliss.

8.

May 22, 2007
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.

7.

July 10, 2007
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

With Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon have once again found a gray area between the poles of pop accessibility and untested studio theorizing, modifying a formula that has grown to feel familiar even as it wanders, and refusing to square the circle while doing so.

6.

September 10, 2007
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

The story of this record ... is the strength of Avey Tare's voice, and how his singing anchors these songs, invigorates the band's idiosyncratic melodies, and offers a clear portal into Animal Collective's utopian dreamworld.

5.

January 23, 2007
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

It's not the direction many of their fans might've imagined they'd take, but it's that very attribute that makes it so ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable.

4.

October 10, 2007
Critic Score
88
27 reviews

Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief.

3.

August 21, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

For all the choices she might have made and the audiences she might have aimed at, the fresh-sounding, adventurous, and not-exactly-accessible Kala is the kind of record that obviously demanded a defined personal vision. 

2.

March 20, 2007
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

Far removed from the compressed, trebly, and overmastered paradigm that's gripped electronic music in the last decade, Sound of Silver sounds deep, spacious, and full-blooded.

1.

March 20, 2007
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

It sounds like what it is: one guy alone in his bedroom trolling through music history, picking and choosing bits to make something deeply personal and all his own.

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